Animals Deserve Better’s Paws for life division is unleashing the possibilities, matching puppies and dogs to assist people who are disabled in leading more independent lives.
This very special program consists of placing the right canine assistant with the right person and working with them both, right from the beginning. We train service animal teams to assist with: Autism, Multipurpose, Mobility, Seizure, Psychiatric, Hearing, Medical, Companion & Therapy Dogs. The Partnerships we create are Life Changing. Animals Deserve Better selects and rescues puppies|dogs from shelters with the specific intention and hope that they will be good candidates to become service animals. They live with us in our homes enabling us to learn about their personalities. We look to see if they have the potential to become an assistance dog.
Some will have what it takes. For the rescued dogs who show potentional- we match a new disabled client (adult or child) with the rescued dog that we believe will become their perfect match. Some of the dogs we rescue we see will not be good fits for service but will be outstanding companion pets and they will be adopted into loving family homes and not progress through the program to become an service dogs.
Professional trainers begin with basic obedience, follow up with specialized training for the disability and end up graduating them as a fully trained team.
Animals Deserve Better believes that this journey which both dog and human undertake together forms a strong bond that will last forever. It will be at least 2 years before both dog and handler are fully integrated.